This means the residents of 19 states drink less beer every year than we do here in the Spud State, according to the Beer Institute, which is a national lobbying group for — you guessed it — the beer industry.
I discovered the state-by-state drinking list when doing some research for my beer column last week for Scene and thought I would pass it on to the readers of the Beer Nut, especially since it has been weeks since my last posting. (My regular job as police reporter has been ultra busy — don’t criminals in town know I need time to write my beer blog?)
Not surprisingly, Utahns drink the least amount of beer in the U.S. — an average of about 21.1 gallons of beer a year.
We Idahoans drink about 30.7 gallons of beer a year, placing us in the lower half of imbibers in the U.S.
That works out to about a six-pack of brew a week for all Idahoans over the age of 21. How did I come up with that, you say?
There are about 10.5 12-ounce beers in each gallon. Multiply that by 30 (for the gallons), and you get about 315 beers. Divide that by 52 weeks in the year, and you get six beers a week.
Check it out — math in action!
The thirstiest state is North Dakota (?), whose residents drink an average of 45.3 gallons a year, followed by New Hampshire, at 43 gallons per person per year, and Nevada, at 42 gallons. Nevada I get. Much of the state is relatively warm and dry and Vegas is a pretty liquid city.
But North Dakota? New Hampshire? That is a little weird. Rounding out the top five are Montana, at 41.8 gallons of beer drank per person, and Louisiana, at about 40 gallons per person.
You would think Oregon would be way up there, since so many delicious craft brews are born and raised in our neighbor to the west, and you would be right. Oregonians rank 22, drinking an average of 32.4 gallons of beer a year.
Since I was born and raised in Ohio, I had to check that out. Ohioans drink about 32.7 gallons of beer a year, which ranks in at a solid 18.
I am not going to do the "how many beers a week that actually is" math for the other states — it took me forever just to do Idaho.
These stats are from 2007 as the 2008 numbers are not yet available from the Beer Institute.
To check out the numbers yourself or read other nifty beer stats from the Beer Institute, click here.